Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. The blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs become hard and narrow. Your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. Over time, your heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure. PH can have multiple causes, but is commonly associated with lung conditions such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Pulmonary Fibrosis. There is currently no cure for PH, but treatments are available to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life.
Your doctor may order blood tests. If a PH test is positive, further tests such as chest X-ray or electrocardiogram (EKG), may be needed.
Doctors may prescribe one or more of the following treatment options: